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Friday’s Great Decisions topic to be ‘U.S. and Rising Powers’

What makes a major power in today’s world? Which countries qualify? What will a changing global order mean in the solution of problems connected with energy, nuclear proliferation and climate change?

U.S. national interests and its relations with increasingly strong nations such as China, India, Russia, and Brazil will be the subject for discussion at the opening session of Great Decisions this Friday, Jan. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the Deltaville Community Center.

Peter Bennett, a resident of the Northern Neck, will lead the discussion. A native of Rhode Island, he was schooled at Amherst College and Wesleyan University. For 35 years, he taught social studies in a Connecticut high school with emphasis on courses in South Asian studies. Bennett spent time in India on eight different visits, and during 1978-91 was the lead lecturer for Air India throughout North America in their “Know India” program.

Since retiring from formal teaching, he has presented a variety of talks and seminars on South Asia, first in Williamsburg and most recently on the Northern Neck.

Great Decisions sessions are open to anyone at no charge. The national Foreign Policy Association is the originator of the program and, for 90 years, has promoted the concept that an educated and engaged citizenry is necessary for democracy to thrive.

The background book, “Great Decisions 2009,” is available for purchase for $20 at the Deltaville Library; a copy is also on hand for use at the library.

A newly upgraded public address system recently put into operation at the community center will enhance the ability of participants to hear the speaker.

If schools are closed because of inclement weather, Great Decisions will not meet.

posted 01.29.2009

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